Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Hunger Games

(Image Credit:

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. 

Annotation: Katniss Everdeen is a young hunter from District 12.  When her younger sister is selected for the deadly and annual Hunger Games, Katniss decides to volunteer in her place. 


Georgia Peach Book Award (2009),
Amelia Bloomer List (2009), 
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009)
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2009), 
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), 
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2010), 
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2011), 
Red House Children's Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), 
New York Times Notable Children's Book (2008), 
Publishers Weekly's Best Books of The Year,South Carolina Book Award for Junior and Young Adult Book Awards (2011), 
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2010), 
Teen Buckeye Book Award (2009), 
Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010),
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2010), 
ALA Teens' Top Ten (2009), 
Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2010),
Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2010), 
Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2009), 
Florida Teens Read (2009),
Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (2010), 
Iowa High School Book Award (2011),
 ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009), 
The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2009), 
Abraham Lincoln Award (2011) 

Book Talk:  It isn’t easy living in District 12.  Here, coal miners work day and night, barely making money, barely surviving.  For young Katniss, surviving means sneaking outside of the guarded community to hunt for wild game.  It is all she can do to provide for her mother and younger sister since her father died. To make things worse, each of the twelve districts must participate annually in a game with deadly consequences.  Two are selected, one boy and one girl from each district, twenty-four contestants in all, but only one may win.  When Katniss hears her sister’s name selected for this game of death, she immediately volunteers in her place.  Now she must fight her way through twenty three opponents in order to see her mother and sister again.  Will Katniss find the will to survive when the hunter becomes the hunted?  Life will never been the same once she enters The Hunger Games!

Rachel - Age 17: "I have read The Hunger Games and absolutely loved it. I loved the plot, I loved the characters. The character of Katniss is strong and fierce and was an awesome fighter. Finally they have a heroine instead of a hero."

Catherine - Age 17: "I enjoy reading "dystopias " because these types of books let you use your imagination. My favorite book is "The Hunger Games" because the whole book makes you think, and It was so suspensful, I was always tempted to read more."

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